Fraudulent claimant found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to 4 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months

Covea Insurance plc v Shirley Paxton (2015) 
QBD (Judge Freedman QC) 

An individual who presented a fraudulent personal injury claim, even though she was not present in the vehicle at the time of the collision was committed for contempt of court and was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. Shirley Paxton brought the claim after she was “pestered” to do so, having been inundated by calls from a claims management company. She continued with the fraudulent claim even after she was presented with a recording of a call made after the accident, when she stated that she was at a cash machine when the collision occurred.

Paxton discontinued her claim just days before an application to strike out her claim on the basis it was fraudulent, and DWF were instructed to apply for a committal for contempt on behalf of Covea on the basis that she had made four false statements of truth. Senior Solicitor, Carrie Pearson who acted for Covea examines the outcome of the committal hearing which saw the Paxton plead guilty to the contempt.

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Lorraine Carolan

Partner - National Head of Counter Fraud

I am the National Head of Counter Fraud and a Partner in the Insurance team based in Birmingham